Mitered Squares!

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Well not surprisingly, I ended up getting bored with my last stash yarn project – the wool eater’s blanket.  It wasn’t that I didn’t love the pattern, the rounds were just getting way too long…and boring.  So I have retired that project permanently and decided to have a dig through my knitting library.  I came across one title that is all about squares, in fact it is called Knit to Be Square and has all sorts of patterns.   The pattern that I eventually ended up deciding upon was the pattern that first made me even decide to purchase the book – this lovely rainbow afghan made up of mitered squares.  Now, if I had been thinking about it, I probably could have just figured out how to knit this pattern without buying the book, but it was a bit of an impulsive decision several years ago.  In any case, it was a good thing that I found the book because I now have a new project to (hopefully) use up my stash up Vanna’s Choice yarns.  The colorways I’m using are mustard, terracotta, cranberry, scarlet, raspberry, sapphire, aqua, pea green, dusty green, wildberry, dusty purple, purple, and navy blue.

The colors do match quite well with those called for in the original pattern and the good thing about using the VC yarns is that it is worsted so the squares end up larger.  I have been exclusively knitting with skinny yarn (primarily sock) for the past few months so it was nice to knit with a thicker yarn that produces faster results.  Of course, I put on my “how can I make this project ‘better’ re: make myself crazy and likely not finish” hat and decided to widen the pattern.  I even knit the first row of squares adding more squares, but looking at it, I’m pretty sure that the finished blanket would end up being a behemoth so I’m going to rip back to the original pattern and go from there.  In addition to the eventual finished blanket being HUGE, I also considered that I would like end up buying more yarn to finish the blanket, thus completely defeating the purpose of the stash busting project in the first place!

So I’ve been just knitting away at my colorful squares!  There are going to be an insane number of ends to weave in so I should probably start on those sooner rather than later!

Ombre Hexipuffs

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Two posts in one day, what a treat!  I need to get myself focused againI’m completely unfocused over here!  I have always been the type of knitter/crocheter who jumps from project to project, but recently my rate of jumping has been absolutely absurd (and if I’m saying that, it must be really bad…)  I must have stopped and started at least 4 projects in the past month – nothing holds my interest.  A lot of it has to do with the balancing act of primarily taking care of Miss Emme, yarn dyeing, and chores (because while Mr. Yarny Cakes doesn’t mind if the house looks like a wreck, I feel out of sorts when the clutter takes over).
Part of the problem may be that now that summer time is my crochet season, but I have no idea what I want to crochet!  Lord knows I have enough yarn to make just about anything, but nothing is striking my fancy.  ~sigh~  At times like this, I typically revert to an easy, dependable pattern that will just keep my hands busy so a babette is always a possibility, but that is way too many ends to weave in.  So all that happens is that I end up right back at the beekeeper’s quilt.  All of my knitting roads seem to lead back to this easy portable project.  To that end, I rummaged through my yarn room and found some yarns that work for an ombre of pinks.

I’ll have to admit, my attention span these days is so short that the color changes every few rows of a hexipuff is keeping me interested in these little guys.  I fear that I will end up tired of the colors before long so I’ll have to change things up!  The yarns I am using are cascade heritage sock – love this stuff, lots of yarn, great colors, and the price isn’t outrageous.

Blocked.

I’m experiencing both a knitting and writer’s block.  The solution to each is to make myself take part in the activity that is eluding me.  So here is my attempt to push past writer’s block!

Miss Emme and I have been visiting lots of parks recently and found a perfect retreat to visit each day.  There are paths through wooded areas, open areas, and around a lake.  She seems to love being outdoors in her stroller and that suits me just fine because it may give me a chance to actually use my jogging stroller for it’s intended purpose.  For now we’ve been enjoying some super serious power walks!

While in the parks, I like to take some time to just relax and be outside so I find a bench and park myself and Miss Emme and stitch for a bit.  My time spent knitting in the park isn’t usually long though as Miss Emme typically won’t nap during our fast paced strolls because she likes to take in all of the sites!  I was previously having all sorts of issues with the best way to carry my supplies.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have a TON of bags-large, small, long, wide, zippered, handled, clutch-you name it, I have it!  Or so I thought.  Since the diaper bag has pretty much replaced my purse, I decided that I wanted a bag that wouldn’t be in the way so I went off in search of something that I could put around my wrist.

I didn’t have to look too far luckily and it was only a click away from an ad on one of the Ravelry pages I was visiting.  I was led to the Knotted Bag etsy shop and promptly fell in love with a bag that featured two of my favorite things – owls and cupcakes!  Thus my park knitting kit was born!  The project that I am carrying with me nowadays are my two-color mitered squares!  I’m off to work on my mitered squares to help me get over this knitter’s block!

Park Knitting Kit

WIP Wednesday – a day late, as it were

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Well, Wednesday got away from me yesterday so I missed posting my WIP Wednesday post.  I am trying to get things ready for all of my family who will be visiting for my first mother’s day.  But no matter – here is the update today!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been moving full speed ahead on my log cabin blanket project.  I worked out more of the details of what I would like the finished blanket to contain and started to play around with colors.  As odd as it sounds, colors always seem to be where I get derailed with long-term, large scale projects.  Either there are too few colors, too many colors, I begin to doubt how the colors will look together, I introduce new colors and decide they don’t belong – the list could go on and on!

I’m determined now that I will proceed only with the colors I have chosen with the hope that I won’t end up derailed this time around!  I may throw a hexipuff or two in there if I hit a snag or need a change of scenery, but I’m hoping to turn over a new knitting leaf!  In terms of goals, I met the one I set for myself last week when I completed the rectangular log cabin square and also completed a mitered square (boy are those fun to knit!).  I’m going to continue with these two styles in different sizes and see where I end up!  The other thing that I really need to get in the habit of doing is weaving in ends as I go!  You’ll notice all of the little ends popping out in the picture above – weaving in ends has just always been my least favorite part.  It should be one of my favorite parts though because it signals the end in a piece/project, but just knitting is so much more fun!

Next week’s goal: One more log cabin square and one more mitered square

Yarny Good News indeed!

Yippee!  I was invited to showcase my yarns at a local craft fair in October!  How exciting – I guess I need to start planning what I will be taking and perhaps even branch out into other weight yarns, but I just love me some sock yarn!  I have all summer to prepare what I want to bring with me and how I want to arrange the space.  This will be my first time doing something like this and I want to make sure I get it right!  More information to come!

On other yarny fronts, I received some new Madelinetosh colors yesterday.  Lord knows I can’t resist the tosh.  It just grabs a hold of me.  It is just as gorgeous as I knew it would be!  It is all for my log cabin blanket project. I was happy that I was able to pick up some of the newest colorways including Esoteric, Robin’s Breast Red, and Sand Dunes.  Here are the TML color collections for the log cabin blanket:

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TML Norway Spruce, Esoteric, and Water Well

Madelinetosh Merino Light

TML Windowpane and Baltic

Madelinetosh Merino Light

TML Fig, Bark, Glazed Pecan, Sand Dunes, and Milk

Greys - Madelinetosh Merino Light

TML Charcoal, Smokestack, Luster, and Antler

Red - Madelinetosh Merino Light

TML Robin’s Breast Red

Madelinetosh Merino Light

TML Winter Wheat, Oak, Olivia, and Tannehill

Yellows - Madelinetosh Merino Light

Chamomile, Candlewick, Butter, and Nutmeg